North Carolina Drunk Driving Statistics

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Year
Fatalities
Tot
Alc-Rel
%
0.08+
%
1982
1,303
827
63
743
57
1983
1,234
672
54
609
49
1984
1,450
750
52
672
46
1985
1,482
686
46
605
41
1986
1,647
806
49
711
43
1987
1,584
764
48
682
43
1988
1,573
709
45
633
40
1989
1,471
621
42
556
38
1990
1,385
644
46
575
42
1991
1,369
600
44
547
40
1992
1,265
567
45
502
40
1993
1,389
529
38
459
33
1994
1,431
535
37
473
33
1995
1,448
501
35
443
31
1996
1,494
546
37
471
32
1997
1,483
545
37
472
32
1998
1,596
581
36
506
32
1999
1,505
573
38
491
33
2000
1,557
614
39
533
34
2001
1,530
536
35
458
30
2002
1,576
592
38
527
33
2003
1,531
554
36
474
31
2004
1,557
553
35
496
32
2005
1,534
549
36
484
32
2006
1,558
490
31
420
27
2007
1,675
570
34
487
29
2008
1,433
500
35
423
30
2009
1,314
430
33
363
28
2010
1,319
453
34
388
29
2011
1,227
417
34
365
30
2012
1292
460
36
402
31
2013
1289
428
33
371
29
2014
1284
427
33
378
29

The table above shows the total number of traffic fatalities (Tot) for the North Carolina, alcohol related fatalities (Alc-Rel) and fatalities in crashes where the highest BAC in the crash was 0.08 or above (0.08+).

It is important to note that the North Carolina drunk driving statistics, as shown above, include data from individuals who were in an alcohol-related crash, but not driving a motor vehicle at the time. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines alcohol-related deaths as "fatalities that occur in crashes where at least one driver or non-occupant (pedestrian or bicyclist) involved in the crash has a positive Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) value."

The fatality rates shown above refer to the number of people killed in all traffic accidents and, separately, in alcohol related traffic accidents, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Criminal status of DUI laws in North Carolina

In North Carolina, 4th or subsequent offense is a class F felony, fewer offenses are classified as levels 1-5, based on length of sentence. Citation:?20-138.5 (2)

Sources for North Carolina drunk driving information and statistics

US Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12/02
(2) National Conference of State Legislatures, 2004

National drunk driving statistics in the US

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